Shanini Local Customs

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    Donkey and woman (!) carrying wood

    by JLBG Updated Mar 24, 2005

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    You must enlarge this picture to read it completely. An elderly man, but may be he is not that elderly, is leading two donkeys and a woman (wife, daughter ?) carrying wood. Note that it seems that a woman cannot carry as much load than a donkey ! All of them walk bare foot, though it is stony. This wood (actually, is it really wood, it looks more like straw, may be reed) is for their cooking. They have nothing else.

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    An inhabited marabout

    by JLBG Written Mar 24, 2005

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    This picture shows a "marabout". You will find many of them in Tunisia (much more than in any other country of the Maghreb), especially in the south. A marabout is built to honor a saint. In the largest one, such as this one, a family lives and takes care of the marabout. With the donations given by visitors, they both make their living and take care of the building (and of the souls of the saint, of course !).

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    Donkey carrying water and two children

    by JLBG Written Mar 24, 2005

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    On this picture, taken close to Douirat, a donkey is carrying both a large metal can of water and two children. In these areas, donkeys are perhaps more useful than camels; They might be weaker than camels (this is why they are less expensive) but they are more versatile.

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    Camel carrying wood and water

    by JLBG Written Mar 24, 2005

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    The woman on this picture must be from a wealthier family as they own a camel, which is much more expensive than a donkey. The camel can carry heavier loads. Here, it carries both a heavy load of fresh grass for the cattle and a jerry-can of water.

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